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Understanding motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In Florida, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death for pedestrians. Every year, many people get killed or injured in pedestrian accidents. The problem is particularly acute near highways, where pedestrians are at risk of being hit by cars traveling at high speeds.

How do these accidents happen?

Sometimes, pedestrians may get hit by a car while crossing the street at an intersection. This is especially likely to happen if the pedestrian is not paying attention to oncoming traffic. Other times, pedestrians may be hit while walking along the shoulder of a highway. This can happen if a driver loses control of their vehicle or if they are trying to avoid another accident.

Last but not least, pedestrians may also be hit while walking on the highway itself. This is extremely dangerous and is usually only done in cases of emergency.

When drivers are to blame

One of the main reasons why pedestrian-related motor vehicle accidents happen on or near highways is that drivers are often not paying attention to their surroundings. They may get distracted by their phone, the radio or other passengers in the car. This means that they might not see a pedestrian until it’s too late.

Another problem is that highway design can make it difficult for pedestrians to cross safely. For example, there might not be a crosswalk or the shoulder of the road might be too narrow. This can force pedestrians to walk in traffic, which increases their risk of being hit by a car.

There are a few things that drivers can do to avoid hitting pedestrians. First, they should always be aware of their surroundings and pay attention to the road. Second, they should yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street or walking along the shoulder of the highway. Finally, they should slow down when driving near pedestrian areas. On the other hand, pedestrians can also help themselves by being aware of oncoming traffic and crossing the street only at designated crosswalks. Lastly, they should try to avoid walking on the highway whenever possible.